Magazine article IAJRC Journal

On Fire!/Instant Groove

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

On Fire!/Instant Groove

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Bobby Lewis and The Rhythmakers

On Fire!

Forefront FEP 48910a

Bobby Lewis (tp, flh, vcl, ldr, arr); Eric Schneider (as, ts); Joe Johnson (p); Charles 'Truck' Parham (b); Barrett Deems (d). Chicago, April 29, 1989.

Wee Dot/ Just For A Thrill/ I'll Remember April/ Strange Blues/ Blues for Stephanie/ Night and Day/ Coba's Blues/ It's You or No One. TT 67:01

Bobby Lewis

Instant Groove

Southport S-SSD 0121

Bobby Lewis (tp,ct, alto tp, flh, arr); Pat Mallinger (as, ts); Burl Lane (ts, bassoon); Jim Ryan (p); Curtis Robinson (g); Rob Amster, Rob Kassinger, Thomas Kini (b); Dan Perantoni (bb); Jeff Stitely, Alejo Poveda (d). Chicago, 1998-2005

The New Delhi Deli/ The Shining Sea/ Edda/ Dreamsville/ Morning/ Sauce Melba/ Line For Lyons/ Two For the Road/ Grandpa's Spells/ Saudade II/ Together We'll Stay/ The Evening Star. TT 67:48.

One of the great pleasures for jazz lovers is to be in the audience of one the rare live performances in which everything comes together and induces happiness during it, followed by a lasting memory. One such session is the 1989 Bobby Lewis set at Andy's, the famous Chicago jazz club, preserved in On Fire. Although the numbers are essentially jams with head arrangements, the quintet is as cohesive as a big band, and the improvisations flow with the apparent ease that denotes mastery. The group is driven by Barrett Deems, who closely supports the soloists without being intrusive, and is anchored by the superb bass of Truck Parham. Both shine in their solos, as well.

Most of the tunes are taken at a very brisk tempo, starting with Wee Dot, featuring a blazing bop solo by the irrepressible Eric Schneider. There are three blues- two of them fast- that showcase Parham and the fine piano of Joe Johnson. Lewis swings hard on the fast tracks, always delivering coherent solos, as on the slower tracks. …

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